We attach a great deal of importance to the music. We know it can make all the difference.
Joaquin Amenabar (Argentina)
I’m often asked what tango music is best for dancing. Over the last 20 years, I’ve witnessed lots of fads. Back in the 90s, there was some great music being played in the milongas of Buenos Aires. Much has changed since then, and not all for the better. In Argentina, all the rage now is for singers from the 50s, while in Europe there is much interest for the sextets of the late 20s.
Fashions come and go.
For many comfort is to be found in the Golden Era. But what is the Golden Era? Personally, I believe lovely danceable music can be found in all the musical periods. For me having a criteria on which to determine whether music is danceable or not, irrespective of my personal taste, or the taste of the DJ is an important aspect. Indeed, this complex but interesting topic is the subject of my next book. Its aim will be to set the DJs free of current fads and fashions and give them true independence of choice.
David Thomas (UK)
David is the resident DJ of the Tango Journey Milonga in the UK and is guest DJ elsewhere in the UK and across Europe. His music is traditional tango from 1920s to 1950s Buenos Aires.
David has recently published the book ‘Getting To Know: Twenty Tango Orchestras’ which introduces the reader to the orchestra leaders, the signature sounds, and the most popular singers and musicians.
Andy Stein (USA)
Andy and his wife Olimpia have been hosting free weekly milongas, practicas and lessons at their home in Virginia since 2010. He has a great deal of experience and has played at his own events as well as other tango marathons and encentros. His music selection is golden age traditional, 1935-1955.
Andy is also the organizer of the Encuentro+ in Newport News, Virginia, which many consider to be one of the best in the US. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Encuentrothon/. Encentro + Website: https://goo.gl/fFNCVD
Adriana Herrera (Spain)
I love to play tandas from the rich decade of the 1940s, shifting between the big orchestras and between rhythmic and melodic songs, while trying to keep the emotions of the evening on an even keel while letting the dance floor breathe between cortinas.
Alan Twigg (UK)
I love playing the beautiful rich music that tango is. It’s a genuine pleasure for me to put together tandas that move people to dance.
There is so much wonderful music to choose from and so much richness and depth. It’s amazing. There are wonderful orchestras, truly talented singers and some incredible combinations of both.
Not only that, nothing is fixed. Some months I love a particular orchestra and the next month I’ve fallen for another. All of us, whether we are dancers, DJs or both are always discovering something new in the music. Isn’t that marvellous? We are all very lucky to have Tango. I enjoy playing music from the late 20s through to the 50s, but the majority of the tracks I play are from between 1935 and 1945.
Damian Desmaras (Argentina)
I’ve been organizing and playing music at milongas in Tenerife since 2007. I’m also very active at a number of events across Europe, both in the role of „maestro“ and of DJ. I love to keep the energy of a milonga high by choosing from a wide breadth of orchestras, mainly from the 40s and 50s.
I always want to show respect to the dancers and the dance floor and always try to remember that milongas are supposed to be a party where people come in search of amusement.